Special Issue "Effects of Climate Change on Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fabian Capitanio
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: rural development; farm management; risk analysis; climate change and agriculture
Prof. Donatella Porrini
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics and Management, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Interests: natural disasters insurance; environmental regulation; law and economics; climate change policies; insurance market regulation
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Dr. Giulio Fusco
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Department of Economics and Management, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Interests: agricultural development; insurance economics; drought; political economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is already starting to impact agricultural production around the globe, sometimes making production more difficult and sometimes creating new opportunities for food production. Agricultural sustainability may be especially threatened by climate extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, and floods. However, not all changes induced by climate change are necessarily negative; some may even be positive. Both predicting the impact of climate change on agriculture and finding ways to mitigate these changes, requires diverse skills, expertise, and experience. Adaptation is a social and cultural process, so it is important to ascertain how farmers adapt, which factors farmers take into account, and what other actors can contribute to the adaptation process. This Special Issue aims at highlighting the state-of-the-art development in climate-resilient practices, including adaptive management practices employed, and to showcase promising adaptive and resource conservation agricultural practices to maintain the productivity of agroecosystems under changing climatic conditions, not ignoring the role of risk quantification, transfer, and financing. We welcome original research articles, technical articles, reviews, meta-analyses, and perspective articles pertaining to the following aspects, even if not exhaustively:

  • Impacts of climate change on agriculture and food production;
  • Agricultural adaptation to climate change;
  • Climate risk mitigating tools;
  • Roles of different actors in adaptation processes of agriculture to climate change;
  • Framing sustainability indicators for climate-resilient agriculture;
  • The role of climate smart agriculture (CSA) in addressing sustainability and resilience;
  • IoT and artificial intelligence to support the risk adaptation and mitigation in a circular economy approach;
  • International initiatives/policies for climate resilient and adaptive agricultural practices;
  • Implications for insurers as investor and risk managers from climate change and agriculture.

Prof. Dr. Fabian Capitanio
Dr. Pier Paolo Miglietta
Prof. Donatella Porrini
Dr. Giulio Fusco
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Climate change insurance
  • Adaptation
  • Risk mitigation
  • Recovery
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Food security
  • Circular economy

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Proposed Research for Innovative Solutions for Chickpeas and Beans in a Climate Change Scenario: The Mediterranean Basin
Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1315; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041315 - 11 Feb 2020
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In order to gain insight into the complex molecular networks driving legume adaptation caused by climate change, it is necessary to deeply characterize the existing germplasm in response to the environmental constraint predicted to worsen in the near future: drought. In this study, [...] Read more.
In order to gain insight into the complex molecular networks driving legume adaptation caused by climate change, it is necessary to deeply characterize the existing germplasm in response to the environmental constraint predicted to worsen in the near future: drought. In this study, we propose to perform a three-year deep agronomic characterization of local genotypes of selected legumes in abiotic stressing conditions through controlled and field experiments conducted in several countries of the Mediterranean basin (Italy, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, and Croatia). These phenotypic analyses will be integrated with a multi-omic approach aiming at identifying the key players involved in the modulation of the analyzed traits that includes the analysis of the plant methylome, transcriptome, and proteome. Following this approach, we propose to deliver epigenomic markers linked with rapid adaptation mechanisms in response to drought. Besides, new genetic variability by breeding could be created in stressing conditions and produce the basis for the obtainment of more productive cultivars in worsening environments. The epigenetic marks identified in “omic” activities will be validated in molecular marker-assisted selection in F2–F4 populations. Finally, specific rhizobia strains for the best evaluated genotypes will be identified in order to enhance symbiotic nitrogen fixation in drought stress conditions with selected cultivars. Full article
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